About Active Volunteering

Active Volunteering is an accredited training program contextualised for secondary school, special school or alternate training program students.

The course provides students with fundamental understanding of volunteering through supportive yet challenging industry experience and classroom theory.

Students build transferable skills that are valued and sought after by employers, increase certainty about the direction of their career, and become more socially concerned with a greater understanding of the issues that face their community. 

Active Volunteering students support the community in many ways – they help at neighbourhood centres, aged care homes, community gardens, op shops, school canteens, and sporting competitions. Students cook for those in need, provide IT audits and administration, create awareness campaigns, raise much-needed funds, assist younger grades with learning, just as a start. 

It is heart-warming to see Active Volunteering students continue on to make a difference by starting their own businesses, volunteering overseas, undertaking further studies in areas such as justice, community services, animal welfare, disability care, environmental science, childcare, health and medicine, or gaining apprenticeships and meaningful employment.  

Our Courses

Volunteering Queensland (RTO #6020) offers the following nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications: 

  • CHC14015 Certificate I in Active Volunteering
  • CHC24105 Certificate II in Active Volunteering
  • CHC34015 Certificate III in Active Volunteering

Volunteering Queensland identifies the relevance of these qualifications, particularly for school students, as they allow students to develop an understanding of the concepts of service, volunteering and community work – through engagement with the community, both within and external to their school. 

Students develop a range of skills through the Active Volunteering courses which include: 

  • Building work and real-world skills, experience and confidence that is required in today’s workplaces. 
  • Adding value to their school studies and developing employability skills. 
  • Learning to transition from school to life in employment and further study. 
  • Developing workplace networks. 

The three qualifications have a number of common core units of competency (as outlined below); however, each qualification has differing elective options which can be tailored to suit students’ needs: 

  • Be an effective volunteer 
  • Work with diverse people 
  • Participate in workplace health and safety 

If students are choosing the ATAR Pathway, we recommend the Certificate III in Active Volunteering. 

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Download Course Brochure and Handbook

Register Interest

Please complete your information below to receive access to our demo for the Active Volunteering online course.

This demo is for Certificate I and II of Active Volunteering.

Why Partner with Volunteering Queensland?

As the state peak body we have a long history of leading volunteering

We can connect you with our volunteer sector network

We are an established
Registered Training Organisation

Why Active Volunteering?

Active Volunteering was first piloted by Volunteering Queensland in 2009 to resounding positive feedback. It has had a significant impact on students, schools, and communities: 

Schools have participated

Students have received a qualification 

Volunteer positions through VIOs

Tomorrow’s leaders & lifelong volunteers 

Student stories

How students support community

Active Volunteering Students Support the Community in Many Ways.

They help at neighbourhood centres, aged care homes, community gardens, op shops, school canteens, and sporting competitions. Students cook for those in need, provide IT audits and administration, create awareness campaigns, raise much-needed funds, assist younger grades with learning, and many more good causes.

Active Volunteering students learn through supportive yet challenging industry experience and classroom theory. They build transferable skills that are valued and sought after by employers, increase certainty about the direction of their career, and become more socially concerned with a greater understanding of the issues that face their community.

It is heartwarming to see Active Volunteering students go on to make a real difference in the world by starting their own businesses, volunteering overseas, undertaking further studies in areas such as justice, community services, animal welfare, disability care, environmental science, child care, health and medicine, or gaining apprenticeships and meaningful employment. We find all students are driven to continue to help others.

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